Limelight - Giving Tuesday 16/50 Project - Episode 6

November 26, 2018

Host: Emily Kieliszewski, Membership Services Specialist, Michigan Municipal League


Gisgie Gendreau, President, Michigan Municipal League Foundation

Karen Lancaster, Finance Director, City of Ann Arbor

This episode focuses on MML Foundation’s #GivingTuesday campaign, which is raising money for the League’s 16/50 Project. Emily chats with MML Foundation President Gisgie Gendreau on what #GivingTuesday is, why they chose the 16/50 Project for their campaign this year, and the positive things the Foundation does for our members and communities. Emily also talks with Karen Lancaster, finance director for the city of Ann Arbor, about her role in 16/50’s Women’s Municipal Leadership Program, some of the specifics the current class of women have learned to help them become successful managers, and why these trainings are critical for women looking to get into the field.

Review Deja vu - Katharine Czarnecki, MEDC - Episode 11

November 14, 2018

Host: Lisa Donovan, Communications Specialist/Editor, Michigan Municipal League

Co-Host: Luke Forrest, Director, Civic Innovations, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Katharine Czarnecki, Senior Vice President, Community Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Michigan Municipal League partners with Michigan Economic Development Corporation on a variety of projects. MEDC's Katharine Czarnecki shares her thoughts on the Public Spaces Community Places crowdgranting program and Redevelopment Ready Communities, MEDC's flagship program to get communities in a good position to accept new development. 

Michigan Politics, Huh? - Phil Power, The Center for Michigan - Episode 10

November 7, 2018

Host: Matt Bach, Communications Director, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Phil Power, Founder and Chairman, The Center for Michigan

Following a long career as owner of a variety of local newspapers in Michigan, Phil Power still wanted to make a difference in his state. Find out how he started and fostered The Center for Michigan based on sensible, rational, common sense political discussion.

SaveMICity - Why Michigan Didn’t Get Amazon HQ2 - Episode 9

October 24, 2018

Host: Anthony Minghine, Deputy Executive Director & COO, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Khalil Rahal, Executive Director, Economic Development Corporation, Office of the Wayne County Executive

Michigan made a valiant effort to lure Amazon's second headquarters to our state, but we fell short. Khalil Rahal shares some of the reasons we lost out. Chief among them is the lack of a municipal finance structure that would enable us to provide adequate public transit, workforce development, and many of the other factors necessary to attract businesses and talent.

Economics of Place - Bruce Katz, urbanist author - Episode 6

October 17, 2018

Host: Dan Gilmartin, CEO & Executive Director, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Bruce Katz, author, "The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism"

Bruce Katz believes that cities are the engines of the national economy, so he has long wondered why American cities can't fund valuable services like infrastructure and early childhood education. On this episode of the Economics of Place podcast - and in his new book - Katz shares some of the lessons he has learned from European countries about unlocking public wealth.

Michigan Politics, Huh? - Marijuana Legalization in Colorado - Episode 9

October 10, 2018

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Charles Mitchell, Senior Assistant City Attorney, City Attorney's Office, City and County of Denver

Colorado was the first state to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana. In this episode, attorney Charles Mitchell shares some of the benefits, challenges, and legal issues that have arisen in Colorado since marijuana legalization, and lessons learned along the way. Mitchell was also a speaker at the Michigan Municipal League's 2018 Convention. View his presentation, HR up in Smoke: The Intersectoin Between Marijuana Legalizaton and Employment Law.

Limelight - Catherine Bostick-Tullius, 2017-18 League Pres - Episode 5

October 4, 2018

Host: Emily Kielizewski, Membership Engagement Specialist, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Catherine Bostick-Tullius, 2017-18 Michigan Municipal League Board President; Councilmember, Lapeer

Emily sits down with Catherine Bostick-Tullius, 2017-18 League Board President, to reflect on her experience as president and her hopes for the League moving forward.

Review Deja vu - 2018 CEA Winner Fraser - Episode 10

September 28, 2018

Host: Lisa Donovan, Communications Specialist/Editor, Michigan Municipal League

Michael Lesich, Fraser Councilmember and member of Fraser First Booster Club
Christina Woods, Director, Fraser Parks & Recreation Department
Sherry Stein, President, Fraser First Booster Club

The city of Fraser was honored with the League's 2018 Community Excellence Award at our annual Convention in Grand Rapids. They won for McKinley Barrier-Free Park and Playground. Hear how a 12-year volunteer effort led by the Fraser First Booster Club transformed an underused park into a place that children and adults of all abilities can enjoy. 

SaveMICity - Congressman Dan Kildee - Episode 8

September 11, 2018

Host: Anthony Minghine, Deputy Executive Director & COO, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05)

Tony talks with Congressman Dan Kildee about his ideas for promoting a national agenda around strengthening communities. From the federal standpoint, we should plan for investment in communities and ensure less volatility as the economy goes through up and down cycles.

Review Deja vu - Wayne, 2017 CEA Finalist - Episode 9

September 6, 2018

Host: Lisa Donovan, Communications Specialist/Editor, Michigan Municipal League

Brian Ewanciw, Founder, Wayne Bicycle Club
Jamie McCloskey

Bicycling Means Business and Friendship in Wayne, Michigan was a finalist in Michigan Municipal League's 2017 Community Excellence Awards competition. Brian Ewanciw shares how the Wayne Bicycle Club got started and the benefits it has generated for participants and the city as a whole. Read more in the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of The Review.